BEING CLEOPATRA: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless being Cleopatra in a Xena: Warrior Princess entitle Antony & Cleopatra which first aired April 24, 2000 Season 5, episode 18.

When Cleopatra is murdered, Xena poses as the Queen of Egypt in order to find out the identity of the killer, while romancing Marc Antony. However, the plan is threatened when Xena seems to fall for Antony and Brutus suddenly appears, forcing Xena and Gabrielle to turn to an ambitious Roman general named Octavius for help.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets: Donkeys' Milk


Can drinking donkeys' milk help you to stay in shape?
By Fiona Macrae

A study found volunteers drinking cows' milk put on more weight than those on donkey milk

Fed up with skimmed milk and can’t stomach soya? Give donkeys’ milk a try.

Said to be the secret of Cleopatra’s flawless complexion, donkeys’ or asses’ milk also works wonders on waistlines, according to research.

And with high quantities of omega-3 oils and calcium, it may be better for the heart and help keep energy levels up throughout the day.

Previous research has also suggested the protein-rich drink might be a good alternative to cows’ milk for those with allergies, so donkeys’ milk could soon become the next big thing among the health-conscious who can’t bear to give up dairy.

In the latest study, Italian scientists gave rats either cows’ milk or asses’ milk to drink on top of their usual food.

While those given cows’ milk became heavier than normal rats, those drinking asses’ milk put on less weight.

They also had lower levels of blood fats and other fats that can damage the arteries and the heart.

And their mitochondria – the tiny batteries that power cells – were super-charged, turning food into energy at a fast pace.

Taken together, this suggests that the consumption of asses’ milk should be encouraged, the researchers told the International Congress on Obesity in Istanbul.

Previous Italian research has suggested that asses’ milk is a good alternative to cows’ milk for children with allergies.

However, those who are keen to give asses’ milk a try may have to be patient.

Although popular in Victorian times, it fell out of fashion and is not believed to currently be on sale anywhere in Britain, according to the Donkey Breed Society.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Ava Pine


After just singing Cleopatra on the 2011 Grammy Nominated CD of Hasse's Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra, soprano Ava Pine will be singing the role of Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto at Fort Worth Opera in Fort Worth, Texas on May 28, 2011 and June 5, 2011.

A piece from Hasse's Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra and Giulio Cesare in Egitto will be featured on my upcoming CD Cleopatra's Voice.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael in "Lucy Plays Cleopatra" in "The Lucy Show" on May 29, 1963

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway being Cleopatra at Heidi Klum’s 2004 annual Halloween party at Marquee nightclub in New York City.
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